2012 was the year of the blast where Macklemore’s hit song, ‘Thrift Shop’ had taken the world by storm. The Grammy Award winner revolves the song about ditching expensive labels for secondhand yet cheaper prices of clothes with only 20$ at hand, which can do a lot more than you think. Think about this; with a budget of RM100, you can get around two pieces of clothing from Uniqlo, H&M, and other branded clothing. However, you can get more than 10 clothes with the same amount of money from thrift shops like Jalan Jalan Japan and Bandoru in your nearby area. And if you’re a lucky and patient one, you may find expensive brands there (even Zara and Forever 21!) at affordable prices.
It is the year 2021 and the thrifting trend is still a hot thing to date since the release of ‘Thrift Shop’. Many of us fashion geeks tend to jump on the bandwagon whenever there is a new lifestyle to follow, and thrifting is one of them. In the past, getting branded clothing signifies one’s wealthy status. That barely applies anymore in the fashion world as getting secondhand items are worth many aspects in both the self and the surroundings.
Here are the reasons thrifting is friendly:
To shop clothes in malls around Sri Hartamas is too pricey to name. However, there is no need to worry too much about your fashion goal and financial situation at the same time; we all went through second thoughts when it comes to meeting our own expectations on our style. Every cloud has a silver lining because unlike your regular clothing store, secondhand products in thrift shops offer low and reasonable prices compared to their retail counterparts. You can even discover designer items at a fraction of the price and flaunt your cute outfit while going out and about at Desa Park City without anyone knowing they are actually thrifted but you. Give your wallet some love and start spending and styling through thrifting for more savings.
Are you naturally a passionate Earth lover? If you would like to go for a gentler approach in terms of shopping for clothes while at the same time conserving the environment, go for thrifting! The fashion industry has endured a hasty pace each year and every time, new clothes would be put up for display on racks and shelves in shops. Who would not be tempted to make a purchase on that cute white ruffle blouse on the mannequin at H&M? As stylish as it can meet your taste, the consequences are not too fashionable. Studies have shown 60% of the clothes are made of synthetic materials like nylon, polyester, and acrylic, also known as plastic. When not in use due to its suitability in trend are not relevant anymore, they were thrown away to landfills which stayed for hundreds of years (or forever). Frequent buying of used items over newly made ones can reduce waste and pollution by decreasing the amount of plastic in landfills and gradually contributing to a decrease in worldwide textile demands. Not far from Kayu Ara, a thrift shop called Bless Shop can actually bless you with an eye-candy collection of clothing. At the same time you shop there, you are also contributing to the donation fund such as drug rehab homes, feeding refugees, homes for troubled women, and Orang Asli outreach programs.
With a keen eye and a fun little treasure hunt, you can explore a diverse assortment of clothes in the thrift stores as they often offer a new batch of clothes every week, giving you a wider range of choices to colorful your wardrobe. North of Ara Damansara, we have one of the biggest thrift shops in Malaysia, JBR Bundle at Bandar Sri Damansara which has a selection of clothes – from locals to branded – up to designer clothes. Besides dresses, shirts, flannels, pants, and jeans, the store also sells handbags, boots, sneakers, hats, and many more. Click here to read why E-Commerce is the future.
Like hitting two birds with one stone, you can benefit both for your side and for the globe. So what are you waiting for? Start thrifting and run wild to your heart’s content!